Achievement Award to Susan Soon-Keum Cox (13 June 2002)

Achievement Award to Susan Soon-Keum Cox for Korean and Vietnamese Orphans

Time: 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Location: SoHo Eastanah 212 Lafayette Street , New York , NY

$75 per person for Unlimited Buffet Dinner and 1 Bar Drink

Also-Known-As, an organization run by adult intercountry adoptees for other adoptees, their families, and their friends, announces its Achievement in Adoption Dinner, honoring Susan Soon-Keum Cox for her dedicated service to the adoption community. Also speaking at the event will be Caroline Ticarro-Parker, Co-Founder of Catalyst Foundation, whose presentation will highlight her organization’s work in Vietnam and America . Proceeds from this event will fund Also-known-As programs such as Culture Day, Adoption Forums, and Motherland Visits in addition to the portion to be donated to the Catalyst Foundation’s 2002 Vietnam Aid Expedition which aims to improve the lives of orphaned and abandoned Vietnamese children.

Susan Soon-keum Cox has been an international adoption and child welfare professional for more than twenty years. Adopted from Korea in 1956, she has been an advocate for life-long issues in adoption. Among her achievements: Susan established the “International Gathering for Korean Adoptees,” and a “ Reunion of the First Generation of Vietnamese Adoptees”. The Korean Ministry designated her as the U.S. spokesperson for Korean adoption during the 1988 Olympic Games and was a special guest to the national ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. She is a delegate to The Hague Conference on Intercountry Adoption Convention. She has trained government officials and journalists in Korea , Canada , Australia and New Zealand regarding adoption through a UNICEF program. Ms. Cox has advised the U.S. Department of State and has testified before committees in the House and Senate. The White House appointed her to the first Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. She and her writings have been featured in numerous national and international publications and other media outlets.

The Catalyst Foundation was founded in 1999 with the purpose of improving the lives of orphaned and abandoned Vietnamese children with the help of many people, mostly families that have adopted from Vietnam , Vietnamese-Americans, adult Vietnamese adoptees, as well as friends, and advocates for children.

Also-Known-As, Inc. was started by a group of adult adoptees and friends who recognized the invaluable resource of their adoption experience to future generations of adoptees and adopting families. Established in May of 1996, as a non-profit organization, Also-Known-As seeks to serve those on their adoption life journey and open the possibility of intercountry and interracial adoptions for future generations.